Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Jun 2006 14:10 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD PC-BSD has just released their roadmap en route to PC-BSD 2.0. They want to focus on making the PC-BSD specific tools integrate better with the rest of KDE, while also doing a lot fo work on the installer. The team also released a list of open volunteer positions for those willing to help.
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Automatic monitor setup
by Charles A Landemaine on Fri 16th Jun 2006 16:00 UTC
Charles A Landemaine
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2005-11-11

One thing that you may find interesting if you're not a power user and want to use Unix is the ongoing automatic monitor setup project.

When you install PC-BSD nowadays, you need to search for your monitor specifications (can be a hurdle), edit manually the X.org configuration file as root using the Konsole, restart X, and if you made a mistake, X may not start anymore.

This is going to be over. Now, during installation, the person will just have to select her monitor brand and model from a menu, and PC-BSD will set up the "Monitor" section of X.org automatically. This will include horizontal and vertical refresh rates, number of colors, and native resolution. There will be a "My monitor is not listed" option as well.

How will we keep the list of monitors up to date? There will be an online database where users will be able to add their monitor specifications, and we will add monitors manually as well. This database will be available as XML or INI format for whoever needs it, even for Linux distributors.

If you want to join us, you're mostly welcome ;)

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